Girard-Perregaux New Face of Tradition – No.3 & No.4

by D Constant on April 29, 2012

in Exclusive Watch Reviews, Girard-Perregaux, Product Information, Watch News

Girard-Perregaux – Young watchmaker No.3 – JeanLuc Borel & No.4 – Gilles Catella


Continuing in the series regarding the launch of Girard-Perregaux’s The New Face of Tradition on The Watch review Site and after high-lighting Ines Patoz and Mathieu Bergeon yesterday, we come back today with two more of these Young Watchmakers from Girard-Perregaux.

So, No. 3 is JeanLuc Borel, another musically inspired watchmaker much like Mathieu before him, but its no guitars that JeanLuc is interested in its the Alphorn, yes Alphorn as pictured below….

Girard-Perregaux watchmakers JeanLuc Borel

As for JeanLuc’s interests

girard-Perregaux jeanluc borel watchmaker

Here at The Watch Review Site we have previously looked at the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar ok its not the minute repeater but stil a GP 1966 for you to admire.


Moving on to No.4 and Gilles Catella, Hey we have a motorbike nut here, from the four legged pursuits of Ines to the two wheeled Horsepower for Gilles.

Gilles like to tell people that to race motorbikes, you need to be alert, stay calm and have fun. These are the first three rules of motorbike racing that I learnt from my father. He was the one that first exposed me to these wonderful machines since he was a passionate racer himself.

Gilles says “The very first time I rode one, I immediately felt a sense of freedom I could not obtain from any other activity or place. In the beginning I set out on short trips with friends, going from town to town and visiting local sites. As time went by, our trips became longer in distance and more intense in adventure. One highlight was our trip to Morocco. My friends and I managed to cross the beautiful country which I cannot describe with words. We went from the cold and snowy landscape of the Atlas Mountains  to the sandy dunes of the Erg Chebbi. It was the first time I felt a part of my natural surroundings.”

I ride my motorbike every weekend and dream to travel through New Zealand and Argentina. This will demand a lot of time and great preparation. I think it may be a trip for my older days.

Amongst Gilles favourites are:

Movie: The Shawshank Redemption

Quote: ”Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.”

Musician: Jack White

On My To-Do List: Enjoy life every day and keep my mind busy

I Am: open-minded and enthusiastic.

If I Weren’t a Watchmaker I Would Be… working on something handcrafted anyway.

In 30 Years I’ll Be… someone who doesn’t have any regrets.

Favorite GP Watch: Girard Perregaux vintage 1945 XXL Small Second

Girard-Perregaux vintage 1945 XXL Small Second

Technical Details – Girard Perregaux vintage 1945 XXL Small Second

Reference: 25880-11-121-BB6A

Case: steel


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